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MMA Fighters Speak on Infamous Highlight Reel Clips and Losses

November 21, 2012 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

MMAjunkie’s Ben Fowlkes spoke with various MMA fighters about some of their infamous highlight reels showing the fighters suffering losses or big knockdowns from their fights such as the “Baba O’Riley” highlight reel that is shown at live UFC events:

Frank Trigg speaking to UFC matchmaker and highlight reel editor Sean Shelby about his clips: “Before it starts I say, ‘Sean, are you about to hurt my feelings again?’ I can’t even listen to that song anymore. It was seven years ago.”

Trigg is referring to his 2005 loss to Matt Hughes in their UFC title rematch where he lost by submission.

Trigg’s thoughts on the fight: “That was my million-dollar fight. If I’d won that fight, I’d be a millionaire. It is what it is. I lost the fight. It still stings [to watch the highlights], but I can’t do anything about it now.”

Ben Henderson on seeing Pettis hitting him with the Showtime kick in numerous highlight reels: “I’m still not over it. I won’t lie to you. I still get teary-eyed thinking about it. It affects me deeply to this day. It will affect me for the rest of my fighting career, for a long, long time.”

How Henderson recovered from the loss to Pettis following the famous kick:. “I will not let that moment, those few seconds define my career. I was able to bounce back from that the same way Matt Serra over [Georges] St-Pierre has not defined his career. It was a highlight, replayed thousands of times. How many times did St-Pierre have to see that? It’s the same thing for me. I’ve had to see that kick hundreds and thousands of times. I have to talk about it over and over and over. But I’m using it. I’m using it to make myself better.”

Dan Hardy on seeing fans with pictures of Carlos Condit knocking him out when he arrived in Montreal: “Just right away, as soon as I walked in from the airport, I was surrounded by these photos of me with my eyes in the back of my head. You never get to the point where you feel nothing when you see it, because it always takes you back to that moment.”

How Hardy feels about the loss to Condit now: “I’m not bitter about it anymore. But I was annoyed about it, because I’d never been knocked out before. I was really confident, and in my fights since then I’m still really confident that I can take a shot. But it can happen to anyone. I’ve always said that, since I like to stand and trade punches, eventually I’ll get hit with a good one and that was it. Now I have to look at it from a positive point of view, because that fight changed me so much. If that hadn’t happened, my career might never have got back on track. If I’d lost that fight by decision, I might have been annoyed but not to the point where I would have changed as a result of it.”

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